Last year, I decided to go vegan because I found it easier to lose/maintain my weight (note: I now have a page full of reasons to adopt this lifestyle).When I went vegan, I was eating as much as I wanted and overeating at every meal and yes, I know this is extremely unhealthy but as I've said, I eat compulsively anyway so I'd rather eat healthy stuff. Anyway, even though I was doing this I was losing weight which was something I hadn't been able to do in a long time. Meanwhile, I was diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor had my parents force-feed me animal products again as she believed my missing periods were related to my new lifestyle. At the time, PCOS was giving me all sorts of unwanted symptoms and I wanted it gone ASAP, besides my doctor told me that I could become infertile if we didn't fix the missing periods thing...anxious and in fear, I gave her "treatment" a go.
By november, 9 months had gone by and I still hadn't menstruated so my mother took me to another doctor who prescribed me a bunch of supplements in an attempt to get my period to come and maybe solve my PCOS condition in the process. It worked at least when it comes to the first part.
During 2016, I gained and lost weight (+3kg) more times than I can count and that messed me up in the worst ways. I figured I could go back to being a vegan and that's what I did as soon as I could. It's been 2 months now and I'm still overeating but I'm not losing weight, instead I keep losing and regaining weight just as before. I also feel like my body has changed...in a bad way...to be honest, it feels like it "malfunctioned" - it doesn't react the same way when I eat. It seems like it absorbs every bit of food I give it and turns it into fat.
Now, I don't plan on abandoning veganism whatsover but I want to know why this is happening. Do you think it's because my PCOS might not be cured? Or is it something else? What can I do to solve this mess? I'm at my limit honestly...
Thank you in advance
Posted by happycowgirl at 01/27/17 21:53:55Aaaaand the medical profession fails us again. Animal products help with nothing. I'm sorry your doctor gave you such poor advice.
Without a doubt, stay vegan. It's the healthiest lifestyle choice you can make, ESPECIALLY with PCOS and emotional eating. In addition to being vegan, try to go easy on the refined carbohydrates and sugar intake. In other words, don't just be vegan, be a healthy vegan. Opt for more vegetables, legumes, fruit and go easy on the pasta, no Oreos or sugary vegan snacks. This is because insulin resistance is a problem with PCOS. AND THAT'S THE #1 REASON YOU WANT TO GO VEGAN WITH PCOS. Dairy products make it much worse! Dairy is also a killer for people who suffer from emotional eating because of dairy's highly addicting, almost opioid properties.
Don't worry about the weight loss. If you are eating a healthy, whole foods based, vegan diet and exercising regularly you will be the healthiest you can be.
Then you may want to dive into the psychology of over eating/emotional eating. There's a lot to explore.